It is with deep sorrow that we remember Gloria L. Gaither, a cherished member of the community, who passed away on February 28, 2015, at the age of 81. Gloria’s life, marked by compassion and dedication, left an enduring impact on those fortunate enough to know her. This article pays homage to her memory, recounting the details of her life, career, and the legacy she leaves behind.
Early Life and Background
Gloria L. Gaither was born on July 22, 1933, in Topeka, to parents Merle and Margaret L (Acord) Brown. Raised in a loving family, Gloria’s early years in Topeka shaped the foundation of her compassionate nature and strong character.
A dedicated homemaker and Certified nurse assistant, Gloria’s career in healthcare spanned various nursing care facilities in Manhattan. Her commitment to caring for others was not only a profession but a calling that defined her life. She resided in Manhattan from 1990 until her recent move to be with her daughter in Herington.
Education and Graduation
Gloria graduated from Topeka High School in 1951, marking the beginning of a journey filled with love, compassion, and service to others. Her educational pursuits laid the groundwork for a life dedicated to making a positive impact on those around her.
Family and Survivors
Gloria is survived by her son, Merle Allen Gaither of Lawton, OK, and five daughters: Melody Partlow of Herington, Lisa Ried of Manhattan, Kathy Gray of Hiawatha, Deborah Webster of White Cloud, Mich., and Judy Loveday of Durango, CO. Her legacy extends through 22 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial Service and Contributions
A Private Family Memorial Service is being planned to honor Gloria’s life. The Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home & Crematory, Herington Chapel, is assisting the Gaither family with cremation plans. Instead of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the donor’s choice, acknowledging Gloria’s compassionate spirit and commitment to others.
As we reflect on the life of Gloria L. Gaither, we celebrate the legacy of a woman whose kindness, dedication, and love touched the lives of many. Her memory will forever remain in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing her. May Gloria rest in eternal peace, her spirit continuing to inspire acts of compassion and generosity in the community she so profoundly impacted.
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